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Simplifying The American Teacher

Posted on October 2, 2011 at 6:39pm 0 Comments

 

I went and saw the documentary, American Teacher, on Friday night. The movie profiles several teachers across the country in their quest to survive in their chosen career. Every teacher faces the challenges of long hours, minimal…

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Teach, no, Raise Our Kids

Posted on September 15, 2011 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

The season premiere of the talk show Ellen, featured a principal from Las Vegas, Nevada. Her elementary school has a high concentration of homeless students and students qualifying for free lunch. She took it upon herself to seek donations to give out clothing, school supplies,  bedding, household supplies and pay electricity bills.

 

She talked about her first few days as a principal in this school. She says that she noticed students putting packets of ketchup in their pockets…

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Unmasking History

Posted on August 12, 2011 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

First it was the summer reading of Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston. It was the first time I saw a book written by an African-American on a book list. I read it the summer before 11th grade in a few days. Once we returned to school everyone who read the book met together. This was the first time I met Mrs. McCreath. The room only had a few students but we sat and talked about the journey of young Zora and her… Continue

Art Imitating Mentor

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 9:18am 0 Comments

When the novelist Ralph Ellison reached Harlem on July 5, 1936, he stayed at the Black artist-haven YMCA on 135th Street. The next day in the lobby he would meet Langston Hughes. Months later Hughes would introduce Ellison to Richard Wright. Although Ellison wrote… Continue

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